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About The Blue Paisley Fox
The Blue Paisley Fox is owned and operated by Augusten Burroughs, D.Litt., the #1 bestselling author who is also a certified professional gemologist and jewelry collector of note. Augusten was the first male ever profiled in The New York Times jewelry section and he has written about his love for "shiny things" since his first memoir, Running with Scissors was published in 2002. Augusten is also a second-generation jade collector and has a special connection to and knowledge of this fascinating, often beguiling stone. The Blue Paisley Fox specializes in the exceedingly rare, singularly unique and one-of-a-kind. His private collection includes extraordinary pieces that are either unavailable elsewhere on the market or very challenging to locate. Augusten is honored and delighted to open his collection to other jewelry lovers and collectors exclusively here on 1stdibs.
Emerald Ring with Diamonds in Platinum
A large gumdrop-green Columbian emerald cabochon has been impeccably carved, set into long and elegant platinum prongs and surrounded by full-cut round and baguette diamonds in this ...
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Vintage 1960s Art Deco Cocktail Rings

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Diamond, Emerald, Platinum

Black Opal Ring with Diamonds English, circa 1958
A brilliantly colorful 14.27 mm x 11 mm solid (not a doublet or triplet) black opal from Australia's famed Lightning Ridge is the breathtaking kaleidoscopic centerpiece of this Engli...
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Vintage 1950s Victorian Cocktail Rings

Materials

Diamond, Opal, 18k Gold, Silver

Cameo Ring Carved Lava, circa 1940s
This is a ring that honors a hero. This is a ring you give to a hero. I studied art history at the University of Massachusetts for a brief time at a young age, but the face of Pliny...
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Vintage 1940s Retro More Rings

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Other, 14k Gold

Topaz, Diamond and Tsavorite Necklace in Platinum Estate
The reddish-pink and golden-orange varieties of topaz are known as imperial or precious topaz and they are rare. This hand-fabricated pendant is a one-of-a-kind original creation and...
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1990s Contemporary Pendant Necklaces

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Tsavorite, Diamond, Topaz, 18k Gold, Platinum

Retro Sapphire Ring with Diamonds
What captured my eye with this nearly airborne white gold and diamond sapphire ring was the sapphire cabochon; a beguiling little gem that refuses to be called one single color. Some...
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Vintage 1940s Retro Cocktail Rings

Materials

Diamond, Sapphire, 14k Gold

Tourmaline Ring with Early Diamonds French Antique
Chrome tourmaline is a deep forest-green tourmaline that is named after the chromium which gives the gem its rich, deep green. Ordinary green tourmaline is not rare; chrome tourmalin...
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Antique 1880s Victorian Cluster Rings

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Diamond, Tourmaline, 18k Gold

Star Sapphire Ring with Diamonds Midcentury
This sleek and tailored Mid-Century ring features a translucent, 13-carat pale blue natural and untreated Ceylon star sapphire with a bright and well-defined (though difficult to pho...
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Mid-20th Century Modern Signet Rings

Materials

Diamond, Star Sapphire, 14k Gold

Jade Ring in White Gold with Sapphires is Nearly Colorless and Semi-Transparent
This is a one-of-a-kind hand-fabricated ring of untreated Burmese jadeite jade, royal blue sapphires and 18K white gold. An architectural scaffolding that bears a pair of opposing wa...
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2010s Contemporary Fashion Rings

Materials

Sapphire, Jade, 18k Gold

Cocktail Ring Cinnamon Garnets Midcentury Glam
This Mid-Century tower of gold and garnets is the quintessential cocktail ring. Hand-crafted from 14k yellow gold between 1955 -1965, this spectacularly cool eye-kidnapping ring is...
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Mid-20th Century Retro Cocktail Rings

Tourmaline Necklace Multi-Color Beads English Arts & Crafts
A bright and colorful treasure from the Arts & Crafts period, this English-made necklace is composed of thirty-seven very fine oblong tourmaline beads graduating in size from approxi...
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Antique Late 19th Century Arts and Crafts Beaded Necklaces

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Tourmaline, Silver

Carved Jade Saddle Ring Certified Untreated
You've seen a jade saddle ring: a simple band of gold or silver that wraps around your finger with a bar of jade running West to East across the face. It's the classic jade ring. And...
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Late 20th Century Artisan More Rings

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Jade, 14k Gold

Antique Jade Necklace in Faint, Breathtaking Colors
Tender blues, soft yellows, pale greens, misty whites: presenting an antique jadeite jade necklace in the softest, most delicate palate. The sixty hand-carved beads are highly polish...
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Early 20th Century Art Deco Beaded Necklaces

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Brass

Sardinian Coral and Gold Carved Link Bracelet from Italy, circa 1970s
Fifty-three hand-carved rectangular bars of rich, Sardinian or "oxblood" red natural, undyed Meditterean coral arranged in five rows in a "running bond" pattern like bricks. 18K yell...
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Vintage 1970s Victorian Link Bracelets

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Coral, 18k Gold

Rare Certified Fancy Tourmaline Men's Ring
This vintage 1980s 14K yellow gold and diamond men's ring features quite the curiositry: the greenish-yellow and golden brown tourmaline bezel-set front and center is certified by St...
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Vintage 1980s Artisan More Rings

Materials

Diamond, Tourmaline, Gold

Tanzanite and Diamond Men's Ring Memphis Design Movement
Fatal Attraction, Sony Walkman, Rubik's Cube, Swatch, Willi Wear, The Go-Go's, Erasure, Baby Fae and her baboon heart, MTV, the personal computer, and this massively impressive tanza...
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Vintage 1980s Modern More Rings

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Diamond, Tanzanite, 14k Gold

Jade Necklace with Diamond Clasp
This jade necklace has been certified by global jade authority, Mason Kay, to be natural and untreated jadeite jade. But anyone who really *knows* jade would need no certificate to i...
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Vintage 1960s Contemporary Beaded Necklaces

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Diamond, Jade, 18k Gold

Jadeite Necklace of Exceptional Color & Quality
This exceptionally rare and important jade necklace is comprised of forty-seven hand-carved Mason Kay certified natural and untreated "A" jade beads that range in color from semitran...
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Mid-20th Century Modern Beaded Necklaces

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Jade, 14k Gold

Padparadscha Sapphire-Colored No-Heat Spinel Engagement or Fashion Ring
Spinel gemstones have been owned by royal families for centuries but they were always assumed to be rubies. It was only in the 1800s that mineralogists differentiated spinel and ruby...
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Vintage 1970s Modern Engagement Rings

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Spinel, Silver

Men's Balinese Style Silver and Gold Bracelet, circa 1985
I was shooting an American Express commercial in Hawaii in 1989 and bought a bracelet almost exactly like this in the gift shop of the hotel where we stayed for a month. Balinese-sty...
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Vintage 1980s Artisan More Bracelets

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Amethyst, Peridot, 14k Gold, Silver

Jade Necklace circa 1930s Variegated Green Certified Untreated
This 24" necklace is composed of 94 graduated jadeite jade beads in variegated green. This variegated green coloring was very popular in beaded jade necklaces from the 1930s. Instead...
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Vintage 1930s Art Deco Beaded Necklaces

Materials

Jade, Silver

Pearl, Tourmaline Crystal and Topaz Modernist Ring, circa 1960s
A studio piece from the 1969s, this hand-fabricated silver ring features four baroque-shaped freshwater pearls, three natural tourmaline crystals and an oval-cut London blue topaz. T...
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Vintage 1960s Modernist More Rings

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Freshwater Pearl, Topaz, Tourmaline, Silver

Cufflinks English Victorian Essex Crystal
Carved crystal cabochons are painted on the reverse to portray two little black and white terriers. Perhaps the only thing more wonderful in the world than a pair of carved crystal c...
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Antique 1860s Victorian Cufflinks

Materials

Crystal

Indicolite Tourmaline Ring in Gold with Diamonds
Blue is the rarest color of tourmaline. So it gets a special name: indicolite. Indicolite tourmaline can be greenish-blue or bluish-green or Carribean blue and even cornflower blue. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Victorian Three-Stone Rings

Materials

Diamond, Tourmaline, 14k Gold

Art Deco Jade Ring in Platinum with Diamonds Certified Untreated
This magnificent and original Art Deco ring was hand-fabricated in platinum in the 1920s, most likely in America. It showcases a vivid, translucent and even-toned Mason Kay-certified...
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Vintage 1930s Art Deco Fashion Rings

Materials

Jade, Platinum

Gold Bracelet Set with Certified Untreated Jade Cabochons
This one-of-a-kind unisex bracelet/cuff is a showcase for sixteen spectacular and colorful untreated jadeite jade cabochons. Hand-crafted in 14k yellow gold, the bracelet features c...
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2010s Contemporary Cuff Bracelets

Materials

Jade, 14k Gold

Victorian Amethyst Ring for Divination, Scrying, Soothsaying or Just Fashion
Witches, soothsayers, rootworkers, cunning folk and other practitioners of divination or fortune-telling have been staring into the souls of cabochon-cut gems for thousands of years....
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Antique Early 1900s Art Deco Solitaire Rings

Materials

Amethyst, Cultured Pearl, 14k Gold

Antique Amethyst "Rose de France" Ring
Rose de France is what the French call amethyst of this captivating lilac tone. Whereas "Siberian" amethyst has a deep tone and flashes red, Rose de France is more violet with a soft...
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Antique 1850s Victorian Fashion Rings

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Amethyst, 14k Gold

Amethyst Ring by British Royal Jeweler in Original Box with Receipt
By Garrard & Co. Ltd.
Located in Southbury, CT
They created the Sovereign’s Sceptre featuring the 530.2 carat Cullinan I diamond, the Crown of Queen Elizabeth set with the Koh-i-nûr diamond (which they cut) and what is arguably ...
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Vintage 1960s Modern Cocktail Rings

Materials

Amethyst, 18k Gold, Platinum

Ruby-Red Spinel Ring Certified Untreated
This 10 mm x 9 mm 4-carat oval-cut spinel is the deep red color we always want in a ruby but never seem to find. Most rubies are either too pink, too purple, too dark or too small. ...
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2010s Contemporary More Rings

Materials

Spinel, 18k Gold

Pailin Sapphire and Natural Pearl Ring Certified No Heat French Art Nouveau
This magnificent French Art Nouveau crossover toi et moi (you and me) ring was handcrafted near the turn of the previous century from 18K rose gold and platinum. Elegantly formed pro...
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Antique Early 1900s Art Nouveau Engagement Rings

Materials

Diamond, Natural Pearl, Blue Sapphire, 18k Gold, Platinum

Gump's Fine Coral Necklace Is Exquisite and Rare
By Gump's San Francisco
Located in Southbury, CT
Gump's was an iconic San Francisco retailer known worldwide for their highly curated collection of fine jewelry. They were especially revered for their Asian and jade jewelry. This c...
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Vintage 1970s Modern Beaded Necklaces

Materials

Coral, 14k Gold

Important Sapphire Ring GIA Certified Unheated English Arts & Crafts
The Arts & Crafts period was a brief (1890-1914) though influential revolt against industrialization. It began in England and spread throughout academic and artistic channels. It was...
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Antique 1890s Arts and Crafts Signet Rings

Materials

Blue Sapphire, 15k Gold, Platinum

Certified Maw Sit Sit Ring of the Finest Quality
I bought this 21mm x 14 mm maw sit sit cabochon about twenty years ago, which is long before most people had ever heard of maw sit sit. Today, of course, maw sit sit —a variety of ja...
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Vintage 1970s Contemporary More Rings

Materials

Jade, 14k Gold

Large Yellow Jade Bangle Certified Untreated
The average jade bangle has an inner diameter (opening for your hand) of between 50-54mm. This fits the majority of women. Jade bangles in larger sizes for men are difficult to find....
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Vintage 1930s Art Deco Bangles

Materials

Jade

Men's Australian White Opal Ring with Full Spectrum Broad Flash
I purchased this ring from a fellow collector who, like me, buys jewelry and then never wears it. So while this ring dates from circa 1980, it looks like it was made last night. Ha...
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Vintage 1980s Contemporary More Rings

Materials

Opal, 14k Gold

Jade Necklace of Siberian Nephrite with Rare Chatoyancy
"Jade" is one name for two stones: jadeite and nephrite. "Imperial jade" commonly refers to jadeite of very rare and exquisite emerald color, fineness of grain and semi-transparency....
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2010s Contemporary Beaded Necklaces

Materials

Jade, 18k Gold

Jade Necklace Untreated Handmade Ruggedly Unique
Each natural and untreated jadeite bead of this necklace was hand-carved. These beads were sourced from a small family business in Myanmar. They do small-scale mining of jade and ins...
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2010s Artisan Beaded Necklaces

Materials

Jade, 14k Gold

Bisbee Turquoise Ring from Art Deco Era
Sky blue with a chocolate-brown matrix, this is an absolutely stunning example of the highly-prized Bisbee turquoise from Arizona. The high-domed stone measures approximately 21.40 m...
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Vintage 1930s Art Deco More Rings

Materials

Turquoise, Silver

Pilot Mountain Turquoise Ring, circa 1940
A stunning oblong cabochon of gemmy Pilot Mountain turquoise from the legendary Nevada mine is the focal point of this 1940s-era silver ring. The turquoise is especially stunning bec...
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Vintage 1940s Artisan More Rings

Materials

Turquoise, Silver

Art Deco Royston Turquoise Ring in Silver
This is one of the more unusual —and beautiful— turquoise and silver rings I have taken into my possession. This circa 1930s Art Deco ring is defined by its strong, graphic lines and...
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Vintage 1930s Art Deco More Rings

Materials

Turquoise, Silver

Qing Dynasty Carved White Nephrite Pendant
There are many ways to simulate an antique jade artifact. Because Nephrite is a very hard, tough stone to carve, one of the primary ways is to use a substitute stone that's easier to...
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Antique Late 19th Century Artisan Pendant Necklaces

Materials

Jade

River Pearl Dangle Earrings
Two sizable natural freshwater river pearls are stationed along a gleaming length of handmade 18k yellow gold chain and a slender wing pearl dangles freely from the fitting at the bo...
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Early 20th Century Victorian Dangle Earrings

Materials

Natural Pearl, 18k Gold

Akoya Pearl Necklace from Midcentury
Look at the pictures of these pearls glorious, luminous. Doesn't it appear as though I have Photoshopped them completely out of reality? The way they glow, as if they are plugged int...
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Vintage 1950s Modern Beaded Necklaces

Materials

Cultured Pearl, 14k Gold

Jade Pendant Certified Untreated Rare Blue Carving
Blue is one of the rarest colors of jadeite and this contemporary jade pendant features a brilliantly, artfully carved geometric quatrefoil medallion in the most unusual and stunning...
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2010s Contemporary Pendant Necklaces

Materials

Jade

Pink Diamond Engagement Ring Alternative Featuring Rare Imperial Topaz
Pink diamonds are not without issues. My personal number-one issue with pink diamonds is that I think it's an act of madness for anyone to spend tens of thousands of dollars on an ir...
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Early 2000s Contemporary Engagement Rings

Materials

Diamond, Topaz, 18k Gold

Emerald Ring in Platinum with Diamonds for a Man
Emerald really doesn't come any finer than what you see here in this vintage men's ring. This dense platinum hand-fabricated ring from the mid-1990s features a one-carat emerald-cut ...
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1990s Contemporary Solitaire Rings

Materials

Emerald, Diamond, Platinum

Men's Ring Featuring The Rarest Garnet on Earth
Hand-crafted in smooth, coppery-rose gold in Russia just around the turn of the century (circa 1890), this startlingly handsome and unique bias-ribbed cigar band ring is set with a c...
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Antique Late 19th Century Art Nouveau More Rings

Materials

Chrysophrase, Garnet, 14k Gold

Diamond Ring Men's 2 Carat European-Cut Midcentury Sleek, Powerful
This vintage—circa 1960's—18k yellow gold ring features a firey 2-carat old European-cut diamond of excellent color (L-M) and clarity (VS). Two 4.4 mm x 2.3 mm tapered baguette diamo...
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Vintage 1960s Modern Signet Rings

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold

Lavender Jade Necklace with Silver Links Natural and Untreated
If you love lavender jade —and I mean really, really, really love lavender jade— this extravagant necklace just may be made for you. It is composed of fifty-five 10 mm natural and u...
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2010s Artisan Beaded Necklaces

Materials

Jade, Silver

Men's Ring Cat's Eye Chrysoberyl Ideal "Milk and Honey" Coloring 12.5 Carat
Chrysoberyl is one of the rarest and most valuable gemstones on the planet yet most people have never even heard of it. The Chrysoberyl Cat's Eye was popular in the Victorian period ...
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Vintage 1980s Contemporary More Rings

Materials

Chrysoberyl, 18k Gold

Men's Ring Rare Cat's Eye Chrysoberyl is Acid Green 11.5 Carat and 22 Karat Gold
Here's one for the collector of the connoisseur: A large acid green chrysoberyl cat's eye displaying a sharp vertical "eye" and excellent Chatoyancy, set into a very thick and heavy ...
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Early 2000s Contemporary More Rings

Materials

Chrysoberyl, 22k Gold

Pearl Bracelet with Persian Turquoise Clasp Midcentury
Let us speak of wire gauge. The thickness of wire is determined by one of two long-established standards: the American Wire Gauge and the British Standard Wire Gauge. Though there i...
Category

Mid-20th Century Modern Beaded Bracelets

Materials

Pearl, Turquoise, 18k Gold

Scottish Cairngorm Citrine Brooch
In the eastern highlands of Scotland spans a rugged mountain range named the Cairngorms. The plateau is a barren tundra with an arctic climate and looks nothing like any image of Sco...
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Vintage 1940s Retro Brooches

Materials

Citrine, 15k Gold

South Sea Pearl Pendant with Coppery Diamonds
The pearl featured in this pendant is a platinum-white cultured South Sea pearl and a rather massive one at that, measuring approximately 16.50 mm in diameter. The longer a pearl sta...
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Late 20th Century Contemporary Pendant Necklaces

Materials

Brown Diamond, South Sea Pearl, Silver

Belle Époque Natural Pearl and Diamond Pendant Necklace
Belle Époque (Beautiful Time) jewelry dates from the first dozen years of 1900s. It was inspired by the unbridled opulence of King Louis XIV of France, the man who created the 700-ro...
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20th Century Belle Époque Pendant Necklaces

Materials

Diamond, Pearl, 18k Gold, Silver

Stanhope Ring in Aluminum with Diamond
A "Stanhope lens" is a tiny single-lens microscope invented in the late 18th-century by Eton-educated Charles Stanhope, the 3rd Earl Stanhope. The unique construction of the lens req...
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Antique Late 19th Century Arts and Crafts More Rings

Materials

Diamond, Base Metal

Natural River Pearl Necklace is Art Nouveau Jewel
The easiest way to describe the Art Nouveau movement is to close your mouth and point at this necklace. The natural, humble materials; the sensuous and organic lines; the hand-crafte...
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Antique Early 1900s Art Nouveau Choker Necklaces

Materials

Natural Pearl, Silver

Victorian Locket Pendant Miniature Envelope on Silver Chain with Natural Pearls
This handmade Victorian-era envelope locket pendant features a flap that unclicks with your fingernail, lifts up and reveals a 29 mm long, 19 mm tall envelope pocket with an internal...
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Antique 1890s Victorian Pendant Necklaces

Materials

Natural Pearl, Silver

Brooch of Coral and Jade Depicting Chrysanthemum Blossom and Leaves
This spectacular and unique brooch features a hand-carved coral chrysanthemum blossom executed with such skill and artistry that if you lay the brooch on a table, look away from it, ...
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Vintage 1950s Modern Brooches

Materials

Jade, Coral, 18k Gold

Pearl and Diamond Earrings Classic with a Twist
These Danish Modern earrings are sleek and elegant, as stylish today as the day they were created, if not more so. Yet they're yet unpretentious; you could wear them to the office ev...
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Mid-20th Century Modern Dangle Earrings

Materials

Diamond, Cultured Pearl, 18k Gold

About The Blue Paisley Fox

The Blue Paisley Fox is owned and operated by Augusten Burroughs, D.Litt., the #1 bestselling author who is also a certified professional gemologist and jewelry collector of note. Augusten was the first male ever profiled in The New York Times jewelry section and he has written about his love for "shiny things" since his first memoir, Running with Scissors was published in 2002. Augusten is also a second-generation jade collector and has a special connection to and knowledge of this fascinating, often beguiling stone. The Blue Paisley Fox specializes in the exceedingly rare, singularly unique and one-of-a-kind. His private collection includes extraordinary pieces that are either unavailable elsewhere on the market or very challenging to locate. Augusten is honored and delighted to open his collection to other jewelry lovers and collectors exclusively here on 1stdibs.